E.S. Posthumus – Makara

With custom-made movie trailer music gaining wider acceptance as listening material away from the big screen, E.S. Posthumus is among a handful of trailer music producers who find that their music is suitable for general audiences, and is actually in demand. Their third album, Makara, highlights the big, boisterous orchestral sound that seems to be de rigeur for previews of upcoming attractions. The problem is that Makara doesn’t deviate from that style much from track to track, so it can be an exhausting album to listen to from top to tail.

Where the previous album was skewed heavily toward gentler, less action-oriented music, Makara swings the pendulum hard in the other direction. Highlights include “Kalki”, “Ushas”, “Arise” and “Krosah”, but generally speaking, the action trailer music on Makara isn’t up to the level of similar material on Unearthed; it’s hard to put a finger on, but just as the gentle-and-sentimental material on Cartographer varied between listenable and just plain maudlin, Makara veers between enjoyably bombastic and “just too much” with a handful of quieter tracks (including a strangely flat-but-trying-so-hard-to-be-epic take on “Moonlight Sonata”).
2 out of 4
Still, if you’re a fan of trailer music, you know what you’re getting into, and if what you want to get into sounds like the musical accompaniment to a preview that’s thick with gunfire and explosions, Makara won’t let you down.

Order this CD

  1. Kalki (3:05)
  2. Varuna (4:17)
  3. Unstoppable (3:04)
  4. Durga (3:41)
  5. Manju (4:18)
  6. Kuvera (4:05)
  7. Ushas (3:55)
  8. Lavanya (3:57)
  9. Vishnu (3:38)
  10. Indra (4:18)
  11. Arise (4:12)
  12. Saint Matthew Passion (3:38)
  13. Discuss it!Krosah (4:50)
  14. Anumati (3:19)
  15. Moonlight Sonata (5:30)

Released by: Wigshop Records
Release date: 2010
Total running time: 59:47